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Member Name: Kells
Date: 11/10/01, updated on 11/10/01 (133 review reads)
Advantages: Excellent extras, Good feature
Disadvantages: Not having an option to watch all the deleted scenes in one go
I have been a big fan of ?Silence of the lambs? for as long as I can remember, so when ?Hannibal" was released on DVD I was very apprehensive about the film and also the extras on the DVD.
It?s a double disc and well worth the money. Disc one contains the feature, which I thought was absolutely amazing, although definitely not of the same quality as ?Silence of the lambs.? However I can?t think of any film where the sequel has been better so there was no surprise there. When advertising the DVD it was claimed that this was not a continuum to Silence but the next chapter of Hannibal?s life so you didn?t have to watch Silence first. I?d say that this is true to an extent, however ?Hannibal? continues to build on the special relationship between Lector and Clarice so a prior knowledge to this makes the film slightly deeper in your understanding Also on disc one is a full directors commentary by the director, Ridley Scott.
This is fantastic and I felt I would have paid for this alone without the other extras. It gives you more depth to the film, shows how much work went into making it and it is quite inspiring for any aspiring directors. I also found that there were several incidents in the feature that I didn?t take much notice off but when Scott talks about them it adds to the amazing storyline and points out their significance.
Disc two is probably what everyone is interested in. It?s jam packed with excellent things and takes a life to watch. There is a documentary named ?Breaking the silence. The making of Hannibal.? It lasts an astonishing one hour 16 minutes. Included is development, production, special make up effects, (I particularly enjoyed this part), music and reaction. I think I?d suggest watching this in sections as there is so much information to take in, it can either become slightly tedious or you miss half of what?s being said.
Secondly there is an option to watch video clips from several angels. I have to say I wasn?t very inte
rested in this option as it wasn?t really that interesting, although I?m sure camera men etc would probably find it useful. It uses the opening sequence to the feature at a fish market.
The deleted scenes option is fantastic. It lasts over 35 minutes and so it?s a great watch. In total there are 14, and also an alternative ending to the feature, which lasts 6 minutes. I am glad that the scenes were taken out of the feature as they weren?t as strong as the others and really didn?t contribute enough. However, I particularly enjoyed the alternative ending which I won?t spoil for you, I?ll just say it?s definitely worth a watch. Although saying that I?m glad the ending that?s used was chosen, as it?s slightly stronger and gripping. The only problem with the deleted scenes is that there is no option to watch them all. Instead each time one is over you are taken back to the menu and you have to manually select the next one, a bit disappointing. The deleted scenes can be played with or without a commentary. The commentary contains information why the scenes weren?t used. Although it?s very interesting I?d suggest watching them first without the commentary so that they can be heard properly.
I?d say that they were the key things included although there are several more including a marketing gallery, cast and crew information and production notes. There?s a choice of English, French or Spanish Dolby 5.1 surround and subtitles. Overall a fantastic price and a DVD that I thoroughly recommend!